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Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Register by August 21

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

The crossbow is not a new technology, but it is a very effective hunting tool that can now be utilized by nearly anyone who would like to give crossbow hunting a try. This class is designed to complement the growing trend of crossbow use. Our instructors will provide some basic safety instruction, crossbow facts, and give everyone a chance to try a crossbow.

Register by August 21

Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4.

Register by August 22

Date: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Learn different methods of cleaning common fish like sunfish and catfish as well as larger fish like bass and walleye. also learn some best methods of storing your catch.

We will spend some time fishing, then we will have a hands on opportunity to clean a few of the fish that we catch. We will also prepare some delicious recipes with the fish that we clean for everyone to sample.

Rods, tackle, bait, knives and cleaning boards will be provided for this program. Fishing permits are not required to fish during this program.

Register by August 22

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
It’s summer and beneficial bees are buzzing but so are those pesky blood thirsty mosquitos! Everyone knows them, but what do we really know about them? Why do they have a taste for blood and what is their role in Missouri’s food web?

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Kissing a frog won't turn them into a prince and touching a toad won't give you warts! Frogs and toads are our most common amphibians and are fascinating creatures. Let's learn about all the different species in Missouri, then go out to the pond to see if we can find some.

Register by August 28

Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 8:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Hunting doves is a great way to spend time in nature. Actually bagging a few doves is the challenging part. This 3-evening clinic is designed to work through some of the common barriers to dove hunting success. There will be a fair amount of shooting in this workshop so feel free to bring your own shotgun or use ours.

Register by August 28

Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4.

Date: Friday, August 30, 2019 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast.

Register by August 27

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 8:00am to Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 12:00pm

Location: Lost Valley Hatchery

The clinic portion of the event will include safety ,regulations and wing shooting training. We will be using steel ammunition for the clinic and hunt. Each participant will be provided 3 boxes of ammunition for the hunt (12 or 20 ga.) If you wish to bring more than that, or shoot a different gauge it must be steel or other non toxic. for more information contact Mark Miller 660-530-5500

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Insects are beneficial and an amazing part of the natural world. Grab a net and discover the insects that call the Discovery Center home. You will learn identification tips and even discover if any insects are edible! There will be activities for all ages to enjoy and the opportunity to post your insect discovery on our iNaturalist page.

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+)
Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Register by September 4

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish Handling combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 7 and above. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Register by September 6

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 8+)
Archery and bow hunting are increasing in popularity! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn the basics together. We will help you to improve your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. The program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by September 6

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 8+)
Archery and bow hunting are increasing in popularity! Discover the fun of this family activity as parents and kids learn the basics together. We will help you to improve your stance to shoot more consistently and accurately. The program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by September 10

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (babes under 36 months)
Flutter like a butterfly and learn about how the Monarch butterfly makes its magical trek to Mexico every fall. Dress to be outside for a portion of this program.

Register by September 11

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families with children ages 6–13)
Get ready to feel the tug on your line! Join us for a fun and unique fishing experience using cane poles. No reels needed! Cane fishing poles are primitive, but their simple design makes fishing easy and exciting for anglers of any age. The program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Date: Friday, September 13, 2019 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages)
Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast every other week.

Register by September 12

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by September 13

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for each family member attending (families)
This is a great time of year to take your family fishing. We will teach some fishing basics, provide equipment and worms and then let you practice your new fishing skills. Kids who attend will be entered in a drawing at the end of the summer for a new fishing pole and tackle box. The program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by September 13

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
It is harvest time! September is a bountiful month not only for pawpaw’s but for persimmons and other fall fruits in Missouri. Take a hike with us and learn how to prepare delicious treats from native fall fruits. The program is presented at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages)
Join us for an afternoon of fun as we learn about the monarch butterfly and its magical trek to Mexico. You will also get a chance to become a citizen scientist by catching and tagging monarchs and then tracking their journey.

Register by September 18

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods W. Robert Aylward Education Pond

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4.

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